What to Pack for Your Cruise
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Travel Documents, Wallet Items & Paperwork

Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
Cruise documents
Passports and visas (if necessary) or proof of citizenship (check with your cruise line for requirements)
Vaccination certificate (if required)
Driver's license and auto insurance card - in case you decide to rent a car when ashore
Medical insurance cards and medical history (especially if traveling alone
Copy of prescriptions and list of all medicines you are taking
Another picture ID - if you don't take driver's license
Credit cards - be sure to call credit card companies before traveling to alert them you are traveling outside your normal area
ATM card
Pre-paid phone card
Cash or traveler's checks (be sure to keep traveler's checks receipt in separate location)
3 copies of airline tickets, cruise tickets, passports/visas, itinerary - pack 1 copy in carry on, 1 copy in checked luggage, and leave one copy with someone at home
Contact numbers to report lost/stolen credit cards or traveler's checks
Emergency numbers at home
Currency conversion chart
Wallet and fanny pack
Watch - dual time zone watch is perfect!

Reading Materials and Necessities

Glasses, contact, contact cleaner
Extra reading glasses
Sunglasses
Reading sunglasses
Guidebooks and other port of call information
Foreign language phrase book or dictionary
Maps
Reading material - books to read while on the plane or lounging by the pool
Journal or notebook and pen/pencil - for making notes to tell your friends back home about your experiences
Business cards with email address to give out to new cruise friends
Home and email addresses of friends/relatives back home - for sending postcards, emails, or gifts
Photo album

Electronics and Camera Equipment

Plug adaptor and converter
Cell phone and charger
PDA and charger
Laptop computer
Binoculars
Film camera and manual
Extra film (don't put undeveloped film in checked luggage)
Disposable underwater camera - for snorkeling or beach days
Digital camera and manual
Extra memory cards for digital camera
Batteries for digital camera
Battery charger
Extension cord/power strip with multiple plug-ins
iPod of MP3 player (for walking on deck or on treadmill)
Small travel alarm clock - battery operated
Lighted dial clock for cruise ship cabin
Small flashlight
Night light

Medicine Kit

Prescription drugs and any other essential medications in carry on bag
Ear plugs or "ear planes"
Small first aid kit (band aids, Q-tips, vaseline, dramamine, antibiotic cream, bandages, anti-diarrheal medication, cortisone
Cream, aspirin/tylenol/advil)
Germicidal hand cleaner
Handi-wipes (for cleaning hands when ashore)
Hand lotion
Rubbing alcohol or foot lotion for soothing tired, hot feet
Bug spray (not for your cabin on the ship, but for those pesky mosquitoes
and "nonos" ashore)
Sun screen/sun block and lip sunblock

Other Necessities

Duct tape or strapping tape
Extra plastic cable-lock ties for securing luggage for return trip (better than locks, but one-time use only)
Extra luggage name tags (in case yours are lost on the outbound trip)
Zip loc bags of all sizes and garbage/laundry bags
Small umbrella
Collapsible travel pillow for those long airplane flights
Crazy glue
Playing cards
Sports gear (e.g. snorkeling gear)
Shoe horn for getting those shoes back on your swollen feet
Sewing kit and scissors (pack in checked luggage)
Travel-sized Woolite
Clothes pins
Empty folding tote bag - for souvenirs or the beach
Hats/caps/visors
Insulated large coffee mugs


Clothing

Bras (include strapless if needed for evening wear)
Panties
Lingerie/night gown/pajamas/robe
Compression stockings (for airplane flight to prevent swollen ankles)
Exercise/walking socks
Trouser socks or pantyhose
Camisole/slip
Purses (day and evening)
Belts
Scarves
Gloves and stocking cap(if expect cold weather)
Walking shoes
Walking sandals
Rubber sandals for reef walking and beach
Evening shoes
Costume jewelry and extra watch
Swim suit
Swim suit cover-up/pareo/sarong
Thongs/flip flop shoes
Work out clothes and jog bra
Dress/outfit for informal nights on ship
Dress/outfit for formal nights on ship
Dress/outfit for casual nights on ship
Shorts
Tops of all types (sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved)
Capri pants
Slacks
Windbreaker jacket
Sweatshirt
Evening sweater
Raincoat with hood

Sundries and Miscellaneous

Blow dryer
Curling iron or curlers
Comb/brush
Hair gel
Hair spray (non-aerosol)
Shampoo
Conditioner
Shower cap
Bar soap in plastic container
Deodorant
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Dental floss
Mouthwash
Tweezers
Make-up mirror
Make-up and make-up bag(list can be endless!)
Make-up remover
Cleanser
Moisturizer and freshener
Nail polish and remover
Nail clippers and file (be sure to pack in checked luggage)
Razor and shaving cream


Clothing

Underwear (briefs or boxer shorts)
Undershirts
Pajamas and robe
Compression socks (for airplane flight to prevent swollen ankles)
Exercise/walking socks
Black dress socks
Belts
Gloves and stocking cap(if expect cold weather)
Walking shoes
Walking sandals
Rubber sandals/shoes for reef walking and beach
Evening or dress shoes
"Docksider" casual shoes
Tuxedo jacket and pants (or dark suit)
Tuxedo tie, suspenders, and cummerbund
Tuxedo cufflinks/studs
Sport jacket
Regular ties
Tuxedo shirt
Dress shirts
Swim suit
Swim suit cover-up
Work out clothes/T shirts
Shorts
Casual shirts
Slacks (casual and dress)
Windbreaker jacket
Sweatshirt
Raincoat with hood

Sundries and Miscellaneous

Comb/brush
Shampoo and hair products
Bar soap in plastic container
Deodorant
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Dental floss
Mouthwash
Tweezers
Nail clippers and file (be sure to pack in checked luggage)
Razor and shaving cream (or electric razor and supplies)


Last Updated : Nov 2013
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